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A Series of Pained Facial Expressions Made While Shredding Air Guitar #1

The following is the first of many kickass excerpts from Brian Alan Ellis’s new book A Series of Pained Facial Expressions Made While Shredding Air Guitar

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ACADEMIC THINK-PIECE ABOUT THE DUMPSTER BEHIND WHERE I WORK

Homeless people like to hang out in or around the dumpster behind my job. Sometimes you’ll toss a bag of trash in and hear somebody groan. Today, I accidentally hit a homeless person when I swung open the dumpster lid. He poked his head out from behind the dumpster and said, “Next time check to see if anyone’s back here when you do that.” I asked him why he was back there. I was kind of pissed. He said, “Got nowhere else to go,” and then laughed really loud. “Oh, okay,” I said, like his answer made total sense. Then he laughed some more. [Cue Seinfeld theme music.]

A Series of Pained Facial Expressions Made While Shredding Air Guitar: Poems, Observations, Lists, Letters, Notes, Bullshit Aphorisms, and General Tales of Ordinary Crabbiness (House of Vlad Productions) comes out March 2016. Visit houseofvlad.tumblr.com, for more information.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Brian Alan Ellis co-edits the literary journal Tables Without Chairs (with Bud Smith), and is the author of several stupid-ass books. His writing has appeared at Juked, Monkeybicycle, Hobart, DOGZPLOT, Connotation Press, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, Diverse Voices Quarterly, Hypertext, Out of the Gutter, Literary Orphans, Heavy Feather Review, jmww, The Next Best Book Blog, Revolution John, Lost in Thought, Electric Literature, People Holding, and Atticus Review, among other places. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, and is currently coaxing his psychic terror to grow a beard and then stand triumphantly atop a snowy Russian mountain à la the pivotal training montage from Rocky IV.

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